# Introductory Algebra Syllabus

**Catalog Description:**

Designed for students who need a review of fundamental algebraic operations .
Topics include operations on real numbers, polynomials, linear equations ,
inequalities, factoring, graphing, and selected applications problems.

**Course Objectives:**

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Perform basic operations on algebraic fractions and transfer this
knowledge to the solution of application problems.

B. Use the correct order of operations to add, subtract, multiply , and divide
real numbers. C. Solve linear equations and inequalities with one variable .

D. Add, subtract , multiply, and divide polynomials.

E. Find the factors of polynomials and use factoring to solve quadratic
equations .

F. Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and addition.

G. Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills applicable to the
material of this course.

**Weekly Topical Outline:**

**Week One: This class will begin a week late, starting on June 9**

Class Orientation/Review of Real Numbers /Equations/Inequalities

Chapters 1 & 2

** Week Two :** Graphing/Systems of linear Equations

Chapters 3 & 4

**Week Three:** Systems of Linear equations/Exponents and Polynomials

Chapters 4 & 5

**Week Four:** Polynomials/Factoring Polynomials

Chapters 5 & 6

Review for Mid- Term Examination

**Week Five:** Factoring Polynomials

Mid-Term Examination (All previous topics are viable for this examination.)

**Week Six:** Return & discuss Mid-Term exams

Factoring Polynomials/ Rational Expressions

Chapters 6 & 7

**Week Seven:** Rational Expressions/Roots and Radicals

Chapters 7 & 8

**Week Eight:** Solving Quadratic Equations

Final Examination (All previous topics are viable for this examination.)

Method of Evaluation : |
% of Grade: |
Grading Scale: |

Homework--200 pts | 40% | 450-500 pts---A |

Mid-Term Examination--150 pts | 30% | 400-449 pts---B |

Final Examination--150 pts | 30% | 350-399 pts---C |

300-349 pts---D | ||

299 pts and below--F |

**Description of Methods of Evaluation: **This class will be administered
using Lecture/Problem Solving Homework and Examinations. Having time to study
and attend class are imperative to performing well in this class. Homework will
be graded. Bonus work will also be available. (This will be discussed closely on
the first night of class)

** Additional Course Information (i.e. instructional methods, out-of-class
activities, etc.):** Missing more than one class will be considered excessive.
Information/class work missed due to absence from class, is the responsibility
of the student to obtain. If you do not have time to come to class or study, it
is suggested that taking this class be delayed until proper time is available to
do so.

**(THIS CLASS IS DESIGNED TO GET STUDENTS READY FOR COLLEGE ALGEBRA, WHICH
SHOULD BE TAKEN DIRECTLY AFTER THIS CLASS IS COMPLETED.)**

**Additional Information from the Instructor (make-up exams, rounding of
grades, cell phone policy, etc.):**

•Late work will not be accepted under normal circumstances, unless prior coordination has been made with the instructor. This means all work is due on time, even in the case of an absence. Assigned work must be turned in on time.

•Examinations must be taken on the assigned night, unless coordination with the instructor has been made. This will be strictly adhered to. If not, a grade of "0" will be given for that assignment/examination.

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